Maurice Sendak On His Greatest Compliment
As you probably know, Maurice Sendak passed away a few weeks ago.
His book, Where The Wild Things Are, is one of the most successful “children’s stories” in literature. It’s a beautifully written story with incredible artwork.
This quote from Sendak has been making the rounds on Twitter, so I thought I’d share it with you. In an interview on NPR, Sendak was asked about some of the favorite comments he had received from readers.
Oh, there’s so many. Can I give you just one that I really like? It was from a little boy. He sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a postcard and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim, I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
I love that!
He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
On that note, my copy of the The Great Gatsby sure is looking tasty right now.